When we disclaim praise, it is only showing our desire to be praised a second time.
Quote by Francois De La Rochefoucauld
Francois De La Rochefoucauld Quotes
Whatever good things people say of us, they tell us nothing new.
Jealousy is not so much the love of another as the love of ourselves.
There are few people who are not ashamed of their love affairs when the infatuation...
Weakness of character is the only defect which cannot be amended.
A great many men's gratitude is nothing but a secret desire to hook in more...
In most of mankind gratitude is merely a secret hope of further favors.
Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue.
We are so used to dissembling with others that in time we come to deceive...
Quarrels would not last long if the fault was only on one side.
True love is like ghosts, which everybody talks about and few have seen.
Passion makes idiots of the cleverest men, and makes the biggest idiots clever.
The desire to seem clever often keeps us from being so.
The name and pretense of virtue is as serviceable to self-interest as are real vices.
When a man is in love, he doubts, very often, what he most firmly believes.
A true friend is the greatest of all blessings, and that which we take the...
Love often leads on to ambition, but seldom does one return from ambition to love.
No men are oftener wrong than those that can least bear to be so.
The desire of talking of ourselves, and showing those faults we do not mind having...
There are heroes in evil as well as in good.
The defects of the mind, like those of the face, grow worse with age.